Colorado is currently moving to become the 11th state in the US to require automakers to have electric cars that meet a particular quota that is tied to overall sales.
When Is It Going to Happen?
The emission standard for Colorado isn’t likely to take effect until 2022 model years, which might be seen as early as 2021. However, the state is considering the ZEV mandate by May of this year. Governor Polis told the Colorado Department of Public Health/Environment to propose the zero-emissions rule to the Air Quality Commission of Colorado by May of 2019.
The ZEV mandate is forcing some automakers to currently build compliance cars, which are models that meet the zero-emissions regulations for California. Many of these vehicles, including the Fiat 500e and the Chevrolet Spark EV, are deemed non-profitable and unpopular and only there to meet government regulations. However, the popularity factor is changing as more and more automakers start introducing electric cars to the market in an attempt to get ahead of the mandate.
Automakers should receive credits through the zero-emission vehicle program based on the range and vehicle. They must have a particular amount of credits set against a percentage of their overall vehicle sales. The way the rule is now, automakers have to have eight to nine percent of overall sales going to electric cars by the year 2025.